Pot Black snooker room set to become ground floor apartments with bar

Dating back to the 1800s, Devonport’s former Pot Black Snooker Hall is set to go up for auction in July. It could be yours for an indicative price of £650,000.

The Duke Street property in Plymouth has been vacant for many years. Planning permission to convert the property – along with a neighboring house – was submitted in 2017, and although it was granted, work began but was never completed.

Now however, Charles Darrow Auctions has been tasked with finding new owners. They will need to restore the hall and complete the project, bringing 24 new apartments to the area as well as a commercial unit on the ground floor which could be a cafe, bar or restaurant.

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The property is currently a shell of its own, although there are visible remnants of the billiard room where lighting wires hang from the ceiling of the room on the first floor and a set of billiard balls lay in ground floor.

Many original features of the property include the ornate hallway ceiling, tall arched doorways and in the cellar an old boiler and oven can be found gathering dust. The scoreboard still adorns the downstairs hallway wall, as a reminder of games played decades ago.

The development when completed would provide four one-bedroom apartments, fifteen two-bedroom apartments and five three-bedroom apartments, as well as the ground floor commercial unit and a lift serving all floors. A room for trash cans and secure bicycles would be provided in the last part of the building.

Charles Darrow auction expert Lucy Fuller said: ‘The former Pot Black Snooker Hall, together with its adjoining property, should provide housing and jobs in the direct area.

“As this is likely to be one of the last unoccupied properties in the Duke Street area, it should certainly attract developers willing to help renovate and restore the property to its original splendour, while the addition of a new roofline would bring it more into the 21 st century and complete the new architecture of the surroundings.

Other properties entering the same auction with Charles Darrow include an HMO in Barnstaple and former newspaper offices in Stourbridge. Visit www.charlesdarrow.co.uk/auctions for more information.

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